Westport Farmers’ Market moves to its winter spot
Hoping it won’t remain a “best kept secret” for long, the Westport Farmers’ Market made its move to winter quarters at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden last week.
“It’s lovely,” said Connie Rockman of Beltane Farm in Lebanon. “In the winter on a sunny day in this greenhouse, you feel like you’re in Florida, and it’s just a wonderful respite from the cold weather.”
“This is the best kept secret in town,” she said.
Still, the indoor market, now starting its third season, enjoys a steady flow of regular customers who come out to see the two dozen vendors in attendance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through March. A range of products are available, including organic produce, meats and fish, baked items, tea and tea champagne, hand-knit crafts and more.
“Every time I come here I try new things,” said Judy Ford, of Pound Ridge, N.Y. “It has the everyday things you’re looking for, but there’s always a surprise.”
“And I love the tasting,” she said. “Everybody’s willing to give you a taste of what they’ve done.”
“Everyone here is happy to be here,” said Claudia Milne, of Stamford. “It’s an awesome, positive place to be on a Saturday morning. It’s a pleasant place to sit down with a cup of tea with a friend.”
“I love the winter market,” said Lauren Peden, who runs Simply Delicious in Norwalk, along with the in-house café at the Westport-Weston Family Y. “I think moving it to Saturday is great because people have a lot more free time.”
The summertime market, which began over 10 years ago, takes place on Thursdays at the Imperial Avenue commuter lot. The winter market features many of the same regulars.
“This is our favorite among all the local ones,” said Loren Gomez, of Darien, who enjoyed an early lunch with her husband Mark. “We’re very excited about coming out to celebrate its winter opening.”
“We’ve been coming for many, many years,” said Kenny Schiff, of Wilton. “It’s one of our favorite things to do.”
Abby Schiff said she likes the winter one even more than summer.
“It’s smaller and more intimate,” she said, “and it’s nice because you get nice things around the holidays.”
In fact, on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon the market will feature a special holiday event. Meanwhile, Gilbertie’s itself offers market customers the chance to visit its large selection of retail items.
“This is what a winter market should be,” said Lori Cochran, executive director of the market. “It’s awesome. It truly is such a great space between us and the Gilbertie’s.”